Tyra Banks – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia- IMAGES – PHOTOS – BIOGRAPHY – AMERICA’S TOP MODEL

Tyra Banks-  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tyra Banks

Banks at the 2012 Time 100 gala

Born Tyra Lynne Banks[1]

December 4, 1973 (age 38)

Inglewood, California, U.S.

Occupation Supermodel



Television Show Host

Years active 1991–present

Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2][3]



Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American model and media personality.[4][5][6] She first became famous as a model, appearing twice on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and working for Victoria’s Secret as one of their original Angels. Banks is the creator and host of the UPN/The CW reality television show America’s Next Top Model, co-creator of True Beauty, and was the host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show.

Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world’s most influential people by Time magazine.[7][8]

Early life

Tyra Banks was born in Inglewood, California. She is the daughter of Caroline (née London; now London-Johnson), a medical photographer,[9] and Donald Banks, a computer consultant.[4][10] She has a brother, Devin, who is five years older. In 1979, when Banks was 6 years old, her parents divorced. Banks attended John Burroughs Middle School and graduated in 1991 from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.[11].



External images

Banks’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from January 26, 1996

Banks’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 21, 1997

When Banks was 15 years old, she started modeling while attending school in Los Angeles. She was rejected by six modeling agencies before she was signed by Elite Model Management at age 16. When she got the opportunity to model in Europe, she put college on hold and moved to Milan. In her first runway season, she was booked 25 shows at the 1991 Paris fashion week. She would later appear on the covers of magazines such as Elle Teen Vogue Vogue. She walked the runways for Chanel, Valentino, Fendi and others. She has featured in advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren and Nike.[12] In the mid-1990’s, Banks returned to America to do more commercial modeling.

Banks was the first African American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[13] In 1997, she received the VH1 award for, “Supermodel of the Year.”[8] That same year, she became the first-ever African American chosen for the cover of the Victoria’s Secret catalog.[14] She was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 1997 to 2005.[15]

In 2010, Banks re-signed with her former modeling agency IMG Models.[16] Banks is now a contributor of the Vogue Italia website.[17]

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